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Napoleon (Emperor-Death): This episode begins with two victorious campaigns for Napoleon. The first was against the Russians and the Austrians (the Third Coalition), whom he defeated at the Battle of Austerlitz (which is considered his greatest tactical masterpiece). Then,...

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This episode begins with
two victorious campaigns for Napoleon. The first was against the
Russians and the Austrians (the Third Coalition), whom he defeated at
the Battle of Austerlitz (which is considered his greatest tactical
masterpiece). Then, he defeated the Prussians and Russians in the War
of the Fourth Coalition at Friedland, Jena, and Eylau. However, this
marked the beginning of the end for Napoleon because he four major
cracks began to form within his empire: the failure of the Continental
System against Britain, the prolonged guerilla uprising in Spain, the
Austrian defense at the Battle of Wagram, and the failure of the long
and harsh campaign into Russia.Once Napoleon was weak, the
other nations formed a Sixth Coalition which finally defeated Napoleon
at the Battle of the Nations. Napoleon lost much of his army and was
forced to abdicate once Paris was lost. He was exiled to Elba but later
came back and formed another army during the period known as the 100
days. The 100 days ended with the Battle of Waterloo, in which the Duke
of Wellington (Britain) defeated Napoleon's inexperienced army.
Napoleon was once again exiled, this time to St. Helena, where he
stayed until his death. For more information, read: Military History Magazine (February 2002): Napoleon’s Haitian Guerilla War Military History Magazine (August 1999): Final French Triumph in Egypt Military History Magazine (December 2005): Austerlitz Military History Magazine (October 2005): Nelson at Trafalgar Armchair General Magazine (July 2005) The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes by Max Hastings Extreme War by Terrence Poulos The Guinness Book of Military Blunders by Geoffrey Regan Dictionary of Battles by David Chandler World Book (1992): Napoleon
Military History Podcast is sponsored by Armchair General Magazine

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